Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The lower Animas in Durango is running low and clear. We've had good success lately throwing smaller bugs, down to size 20. A tandem nymph rig with a size 16 or 18 attractor followed by a an 18 or 20 dropper is the ticket. Midges will be the dominant hatch with the colder temps we're experiencing. Try to fish the warmest parts of the day, 10-3ish.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Animas River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
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Water flow: 124

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 68 Degrees F

Water condition: Moderately Turbid

Best time of day to fish: 5:30am- 11:30am

Best stretch: Mall to high bridge

Best access point: High bridge

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Mayflies, caddis, midges, stoneflies,

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: year round

Nearest airport: Durango La Plata County

Person Fishing in a stream

Animas River Description

The Animas River begins its 126 mile journey high in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado. It's full name, Rio de las Animas Perdidas, The River of Lost Souls, gives an air of mystery to this incredible fishery. The Animas begins as a small creek full of feisty brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. It drops down through the mountain canyons picking up tributaries and snow melt along its way until ...

Techniques & Tips

Right now the best fishing on the Animas has been nymphing in the mornings using smaller baetis and midge patterns. In the early afternoon as the baetis begin to hatch, we've had success throwing a tandem dry rig, with a larger point fly and a small adams or other BWO pattern. Most of the fish have been taking the smaller fly, but enough are still eating the attractor to make keeping it on productive.

7-Day Forecast

We've got snow in the forecast for the beginning of the week. Looks like the moisture will move out by Tuesday, but temps will remain cool. The cold temps have made fishing a little tougher, mid day is the most productive time. Wear layers and don't forget the sunscreen, it's looking sunny for the rest of the week.

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